To prepare for this year's International Conference of Young Scientists, we present here relevant reading lists. If you have further material to share with GYA members, please send an email to

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'Heal the Earth': How can you contribute to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals?


As a GYA member and globally oriented scholar or scientist, you know what the UN Sustainable Development Goals are. But how can you contribute to their implementation - at an individual and institutional level?

If you haven't visited this GYA webpage yet, it's time to do so in preparation for 2020 conference discussions:

GYA and the SDGs

The first must-read you will find linked on this page is the 2019 Global Sustainable Development Report, 'The Future is Now: Science for Achieving Sustainable Development', prepared by an independent group of scientists. This report presents a scientific perspective on SDG implementation - and it is both evidence-based and action-oriented.

Next, the 2017 Joint Statement on the Role of Young Academies in Achieving the UN SDGs reflects on how young academies can and should contribute to the implementation of the SDGs  through science advice, science communication and capacity building efforts.

Finally, an InterAcademy Partnership project gathered resources on understanding the SDGs and the role(s) scientists and academies can play in their implementation. A link to these many resources is on the GYA and the SDGs page.

The Lazy Person's Guide to Saving the World

After reading about the SDGs, you might ask yourself how to take part in making the world a little better.  The Lazy Person's Guide to Saving the World created by the UN offers opportunities to commit yourself at different levels of your daily life.

Topic – Open Science and Global Open Access

Even though you most likely have a basic idea of what open science is, these two webpages will help you to expand your knowledge when it comes to concreate means of implementing open science and potential repurcussions:

UNESCO Takes the Lead in Developing a New Global Standard-setting Instrument on Open Science

"Open Science is increasingly referred to as the “Science for the Future” and the “Future of Science”. By making science more accessible, the scientific process more inclusive and the outputs of science more readily available and relevant for society, Open Science could be a game changer for achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly in Africa, least developed countries, landlocked developing countries, and Small Island Developing States (SIDS)."

Why Plan S?

"Universality is a fundamental principle of science (the term “science” as used here includes the humanities): only results that can be discussed, challenged, and, where appropriate, tested and reproduced by others qualify as scientific. Science, as an institution of organised criticism, can therefore only function properly if research results are made openly available to the community so that they can be submitted to the test and scrutiny of other researchers. Furthermore, new research builds on established results from previous research."

Topic – Engagement at Large: Communicating Science to and with the public


Top tips for getting your science out there - How can scientists get their arguments across to the public? 29 January 2020, Craig Cormick on (Article)